An undiscovered gem surrounded by towering peaks and tall firs.
Morzine is a long-established French resort, popular for its easy road access, traditional atmosphere and gentle tree-filled slopes, where children do not get lost and bad weather rarely causes problems. For keen piste-bashers wanting to travel the Portes du Soleil circuit, the main drawback to staying in Morzine is having to take a bus and cable-car or several lifts to get to Avoriaz and the main circuit. Morzine’s local slopes can suffer from poor snow conditions.
Such problems can, however, be avoided by taking a car. A little-used gondola awaits at Ardent, a short drive from Morzine; from there, you can tour the circuit clockwise via Châtel, missing out Avoriaz (which is often crowded). If local snow is poor, a car means you have the alternative of visiting nearby Flaine, a resort far better than Avoriaz at coping with crowds looking for snow.
- Part of the vast Portes du Soleil lift network
- Larger local piste area than other Portes du Soleil resorts
- Good nightlife by French standards
- Quite attractive old town – a stark contrast to Avoriaz
- Few liftlines locally (but see minus points)
- Takes a while to get to Avoriaz and main Portes du Soleil circuit
- Bus-ride or long walk to lifts from much of the accommodation
- Low altitude means there is an enduring risk of poor snow, though increased snowmaking has helped
- Low altitude or inconvenient beginner slopes
- Not a great resort for experts
- Weekend crowds